COLUMBIA — Second-ranked Summit didn’t need a dramatic comeback to beat Columbia Central this year.
The Spartans, which found themselves facing 21- and 14-point deficits in their previous two meetings with the Lions, left no doubt in Friday’s 35-0 win at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Summit (3-0, 1-0 Region 5-5A) ran for 321 yards and held the Lions (2-1, 0-1) to just 134 yards of offense in improving to 6-0 all-time against Columbia.
Destin Wade, who rushed for a game-high 121, put the Spartans on the board with a six-yard touchdown run just 2:30 into the game. Wade added touchdown runs of two and three yards, respectively, to extend Summit’s lead to 21-0 at halftime.
Any hopes for a Columbia second-half comeback was thwarted in the third quarter as the Lions drove to the Summit 30 on their opening possession before turning the ball over on downs.
The Spartans quickly answered as a 43-yard run by Brandon King sparked a 70-yard drive capped by the final of Wade’s four touchdown as he scored from two yards out.
Summit put the finishing touches on its win as John Dippold scored on a one-yard run to make it 35-0 with 10:00 left to play. Dippold finished with 93 yards rushing on 13 yards, while King supplied 86 yards on eight attempts.
While the Spartans were able to run the ball effectively, they were also very opportunistic defensively picking off a pair of passes, while also recovering a fumble. Jacob Turner and Austin Grooters had the interceptions, while Finley Jameson recovered the fumble. Summit also had five tackles for a loss and three sacks.
Brady McCanless led the Lions’ offense completing 13-of-22 passes for 115 yards with a pair of interceptions. Steven Kinnard was the team’s leading receiver with four catches for 54 yards, while Christian Biggers had a team-high 42 yards rushing.
Both teams face non-region games next week as Summit hosts Franklin (1-2), while Columbia travels to Giles County (1-2).
Summit 35, Columbia Central 0
At Lindsey Nelson Stadium
S — 6 15 7 7 – 35
C — 0 0 0 0 – 0
S — Destin Wade 6 run (9:30); kick failed
S — Wade 2 run (10:11); Brandon King pass from Wade
S — Wade 3 run (6:55); Ryan Crane kick
S — Wade 2 run (5:49); Crane kick
S — John Dippold 1 run (10:00); Crane kick
First downs 24 9
Rushes-yards 48-321 15-22
Passing yards 20 112
Comps-Atts-Ints 1-3-0 14-23-2
Penalties-yards 2-25 4-30
Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-2
Summit — Destin Wade 21-121, John Dippold 13-93, Brandon King 8-86, Jakalean Cotton 2-14, Finley Jameson 3-10, Zac Switzer 1-(-3)
Columbia Central — Christian Biggers 10-42, Brady McCanless 5-(-20)
Summit — Destin Wade 1-3-0, 20
Columbia Central — Brady McCanless 13-22-2, 115, Parker Bush 1-1-0, -3
Summit — Maddox Reed 1-20
Columbia Central — Steven Kinnard 4-54, Blane Davis 3-31, Ryan Patterson 2-12, Justin Buchmann 3-9, Evan Sandman 1-4, Christian Biggers 1-2